Written answers

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

Official Engagements

9:00 pm

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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Question 602: To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the extent, nature and status of communications, discussions or exchange of views, he has had with groups or bodies under the aegis of his Department since his election to the 30th Dáil as a Minister; the outcome of such discussions and at whose volition these took place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19073/07]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Minister, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; Dublin South, Green Party)
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The question as tabled is unmanageably broad, covering as it does everything from telephone conversations, emails and informal discussions in the margins of conferences to formal correspondence and meetings.

I propose to confine my answer to the period of time since the date of my appointment as Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and to details of meetings attended. I met the Chairperson and CEO of the ESB on 20th June. I also attended, and addressed briefly, the meeting of the Irish Energy Research Council on 20th of June 2007. I attended a Sustainable Energy Ireland social function on 21st of June. I met with the Chairperson of the RTÉ Authority on 26th June 2007. Finally, I attended a social function to mark the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the Commission for Communications Regulation on 27th June.

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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Question 603: To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the extent to which he has had discussions with the various bodies, groups or agencies associated or involved with the Corrib gas field; the outcome of such discussions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19074/07]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Minister, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; Dublin South, Green Party)
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Since my appointment as Minister I have met the developers of the project and have also had some informal discussions with individuals who are interested in the project. This is an ongoing process as I read myself into my brief.

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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Question 604: To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the degree to which he has had discussions, communications or an exchange of views with the service providers or others in the telecommunications field since his appointment as a Minister; the result of such discussions in the context of improved telecommunications, broadband availability and bringing this country to the fore in terms of the availability of state of the art information technology; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19075/07]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Minister, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; Dublin South, Green Party)
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Since my appointment I have met with BT Ireland in order to familiarise myself with the communications sector and issues of interest to service providers. This is part of an ongoing series of meetings with all the major players in the sector. In addition I also attended a social function to mark the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the Commission for Communications Regulation.

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